Heather Morrison is the Founder and President of Morrison Architectural Planning Strategies, LLC. She is an architectural strategist and project manager with a twenty-two year record of successfully managing large-scale architectural and construction projects. Recent high-profile developments on which Heather was an integral team member include One Bennett Park, Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital, New City development, and the Virgin Hotel Chicago. Years of experience driving large projects through complex regulatory environments taught her the critical importance of an integrated design and development plan that streamlines development projects from the beginning of the process.
Bachelor of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design
Prior to his leadership of the studio, Tim worked for more than 35 years at the prestigious Holabird & Root architecture firm in Chicago. His experience is a diverse array of programming and architectural design projects, including several academic and hospital additions and renovations. For the past several years, he has served as a professional code compliance reviewer for the City of Chicago. Since 2003, he has reviewed over 400 projects for various medium to large/complex public and private projects located throughout Chicago, including several high-profile projects such as Trump Tower, Ann and Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital, the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing, Northwestern Memorial Hospital New Prentice Women's Hospital, and renovations at the Palmer House Hotel and U.S. Cellular Field.
Bachelor of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago
George Guarino III
Associate Project Director
George Guarino III has previously worked at Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Prior to graduating, George participated in the management and design of multiple community-engaged design projects and served as Editor-in-Chief of CRIT, the internationally distributed publication of the American Institute of Architecture Students. He believes that an intimate knowledge of codes, regulations, and entitlements is a powerful tool for the architect and is key to regularly executing quality design.
Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University
Tim Barton is a land use practitioner specializing in zoning and historic preservation issues. Tim has extensive government experience through his work with the City of Chicago. He was directly involved in updating the comprehensive Chicago Zoning Code revisions in 2004. He also worked with the Zoning Board of Appeals, reviewing hundreds of cases involving such matters as taverns, public places of amusements, drive-throughs, commercial parking facilities, and nonconforming signs. Tim was also the director of research for the Commission on Chicago Landmarks where he oversaw the landmark designation of historic buildings and districts.
In his current practice, Tim has continued to work on cases before the Zoning Board of Appeals, providing expert testimony on zoning uses. He has also provided technical advice for lawsuits involving eminent domain and environmental nuisance issues; consulted on National Park Service rehabilitation standards for hotels in the Loop and River North area.
Juris Doctor, Loyola University
Steven Vance is a website and web application developer, and a transportation planner. He created Chicago Cityscape, a subscription service to track building permits and neighborhood data, and MAPS Tracker, to notify MAPS clients of new building violations. He has worked for the Chicago Department of Transportation, Active Transportation Alliance, and built and managed websites for many organizations. He writes for Streetsblog Chicago.
Master of Urban Planning & Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
Consulting Structural Engineer, S.E., R.A.
With over thirty year experience in Structural Engineering, Aphrodite is the Founder and President of a1a Design Group Corporation, where she is using her seventeen year experience as a Structural Peer Reviewer to conduct reviews of projects to be permitted in the City of Chicago. She also conducts structural engineering reviews through the Direct Developer Services and Developer Services processes of the City of Chicago Department of Buildings, as part of a team of reviewers, where her past experience as a DOB structural reviewer has been indispensable.
Aphrodite works closely with the professionals of each project in order to complete a thorough structural engineering review, issuing constructive comments to the structural engineer of record, with the ultimate goal of meeting the client’s scheduled timeframe.
Bachelor of Architecture: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Master of Architecture and Structural Engineering: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jose L. deAvila
Consulting Electrical Engineer; MBA, MSEE, PE, LEED AP
As principal of Jose de Avila and Associates, Jose is driven by the philosophy that excellence in engineering begins with designs that provide healthy, safe, stimulating, and comfortable environments. With bachelor degrees in both mechanical and electrical engineering and a master degree in electrical engineering, Jose combines common sense with a thorough understanding of theory. With a Master in Business Administration, he is keenly aware of the importance of cost control, coordination, schedule adherence, and quality assurance. From experience gathered over twenty years with his firm, and as a former Director of Engineering at Holabird & Root and a former Associate Partner at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Jose has a vast knowledge of the intricacies involved in the design of systems for projects that vary widely in size, type and complexity.
Jose has a thorough understanding of the Chicago Electrical Code, and was selected by the project manager for the new Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago to provide consulting electrical engineering designs for the project's infrastructure. Also, for approximately ten years as a member of two review teams, Jose has been providing electrical code reviews for permit applicants to the City of Chicago’s Department of Buildings.
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering; Master of Electrical Engineering
Consulting Mechanical & Plumbing Engineer; PE, LEED AP
Ashraf is a detail-oriented engineer whose expertise is in designing building mechanical systems. Over the past 13 years, Ashraf has been involved in designing heating, ventilation and air conditioning, plumbing and fire protection systems. He designed mechanical systems for different types of buildings including commercial, residential, health care, institutional buildings and industrial facilities. He is also experienced in municipal pump station and power generation plant design.
Prior to joining EnerCentric Engineering Solutions, Ashraf served as a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Holabird & Root and before that he served as a Lead Mechanical Engineer at KJWW Engineering Consultants.
Ashraf interest is energy conservation and sustainability. He served as a LEED and energy specialist and life cycle analyst on many new and renovated projects. He performed several mechanical systems and energy assessment studies for different types of buildings.
Master of Mechanical Engineering, Bradley University
Civil Engineer; PE
Robert Giurato has more than 40 years of experience in the civil engineering profession. His work includes significant experience in transportation and rail. Many of his highway and site development projects have required coordination with the local rail organization. His design experience includes geometrics, plan review, grading, drainage, specification writing, cost estimating, public meetings, and report writing.
Bachelor of Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Consulting Fire Protection Engineer; PE
As an integral Member of Richard Hansen and Associates, Tom has 42 years of experience in fire protection engineering. Tom’s areas of expertise include building and fire code consulting, fire and life safety condition assessment, plan review for new construction, fire systems failure investigations, complex fire and explosion investigations and natural and propane gas distribution. The integration of fire protection, structural fire resistance, and life safety systems in the project’s overall form and function often results in lower initial cost and improves occupant life safety. In addition to traditional code compliance, preparing solutions that meet code intentions is part of his experience. In Chicago, he has appeared before the Committee on Standards and Tests and successfully presented "out of the box" solutions.
Bachelor of Science, Fire Protection and Safety Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology